ESADE Essay and Recommendation Questions – 2014-2015 Intake

Essay Questions:

What makes you YOU? Today there is a growing need for outstanding business leaders who excel in their field and adapt quickly to the changing needs of the market. Companies look to us for future leaders – people whose expertise and entrepreneurial abilities are flexible and suit a variety of leadership roles. Your drive and motivation and the individual qualities that you bring to the table are your best selling points and are what will enrich your team members most. It is this individuality, together with the diversity at ESADE and our commitment to leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship that make us what we are: a talent pool for the business leaders of tomorrow. The following questions are designed to help us get a more complete picture of who you are and the impact that you will have both here at ESADE and on society after completing your MBA. Please respond openly, explaining what makes you the person that you are and who you will become.

ESADE Essay 1. Which aspects have you improved on during your academic and professional career so far? Which tools or values have helped you achieve this? (2000 characters maximum including spaces, 30 lines approximately)

ESADE Essay 2. How will your background, values and non work-related activities enhance the experience of other ESADE MBA students and add to the diverse culture we strive for at ESADE? (Note: The goal of this essay is to get a sense of who you are, rather than what you have accomplished). (2000 characters maximum

ESADE Essay 3. What are your motivations in pursuing a full-time MBA at this point in your life? Describe your mid-term and long-term visions for your post-MBA career path. What is it about ESADE you think will help you reach your goals? (2000 characters maximum including spaces, 30 lines approximately)

ESADE Essay 4. Complete two of the following four questions or statements (1000 characters maximum including spaces per response) a) I am most proud of…

b) People may be surprised to learn that I…

c) What has your biggest challenge been and what did it help you learn about yourself?

d) Which historical figure do you most identify with and why?

ESADE Essay 5. Please provide any additional information that you would like to bring to the attention of the Admissions Committee. This may include gaps in employment, your undergraduate record, plans to retake the GMAT or any other relevant information. (2000 characters maximum, 30 lines approximately)

ESADE Resume: Attach your CV or Resume with detailed professional history (maximum 150Kb)


Recommendation Questions:

1 How long have you known the candidate? In what context?

2 What do you consider to be the candidate’s most noteworthy qualities?

3 What are the areas in which you believe the candidate needs to improve?

4 Please comment on the candidate’s potential for senior management.

5 Describe an occasion on which you observed the candidate in a leadership role.

Please give us your opinion in terms of the following criteria:       Exceptional     Good     Average     Poor     Unobserved

Leadership potential

Organisational skills





Additional Comments

Please add information on the ratings you have assigned and make any additional comments about the applicant’s motivation, ability, leadership potential or any personal qualities you would like the Admissions Committee to take into account.

Please rate the candidate’s potential for becoming a responsible and successful manager compared with other employees.

 Excellent. Top 5%             Very Good. Top 10%                    Above Average. Top 25%

 Average. Top 50%             Below Average. Bottom 50%